St Anthony Head


St Anthony Head
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A rocky headland, on the tip of the Roseland Peninsular, with a 19th century fort and a lighthouse. The area is cared for by the National Trust and is not suitable for swimming though there are sandy bays nearby. Bring a picnic and enjoy the views over the Carrick Roads.


Coastal walks around the headland. Investigate the old fort; book onto a tour in the summer months.

Wildlife and Walks

The Headland is an SSSI and the area is part of an AONB. A great spot for birding - there is a bird hide there.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at St Anthony Head

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Pay & display. National Trust members park for free.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed. Please clean up after your dog.

Beach cleaning

Please help to keep the headland beautiful and take your litter home with you.